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David Banks

David Banks has edited newspapers across the English-speaking world: he was editor of the Daily Mirror and consultant editor of the Sunday Mirror in the 1990s before becoming editorial director of Mirror Group.

After serving as deputy editor of the country’s only national newspaper, The Australian, for eighteen months, Banks edited the Daily Telegraph in Sydney from 1988 until 1992. During that time he merged the morning Telegraph with the afternoon Sydney Daily Mirror and became the first editor of the resulting 24-hour newspaper.
In New York he was managing editor of both of the city’s tabloids (New York Post 1979-81, New York Daily News 1986-87).
On the way to editorship he trained on a weekly newspaper in Cheshire (Warrington Guardian), reported for The Journal, Newcastle and was a subeditor on the Daily Express (Manchester) and the Mirror, through which he moved to Fleet Street. From 1981 through the 1986 Wapping ‘revolution’ he was first night editor and then assistant editor of Kelvin MacKenzie’s Sun.
Importantly, he played a major role in Rupert Murdoch’s 1986 Wapping move, travelling extensively throughout the United States, returning to train a trusted team of journalists in the computer skills he had acquired and finally overseeing the spectacular ‘overnight flit’ of four News International titles to the Wapping site. Not a single edition of any of those newspapers was lost.
Banks’ career has encompassed radio (breakfast presenter with LBC and Talk Radio and reviewer and pundit with BBC Radios Four and Five) and regular appearances on various television programmes as a presenter and commentator.
An accomplished and regular after-dinner speaker, he currently writes a national press column for Press Gazette and contributes a weekly column to The Journal, Newcastle from his home in Northumberland.
Tel: 01890 820452
Mobile: 07931 501252
Email: david_banks@hotmail.com

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COLUMNS Every Friday in The Journal, Newcastle, and monthly in Press Gazette